Defense going forward
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04-10-2012, 10:35 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
You can't pair a kid like Emelin with a defensive zero like Kaberle. You need experience and mobility to cover for his ineptitude on D, like a healthy Markov. Emelin is a couple of years from being able to assume all defensive responsibility for his partner.
You also can't possibly have Weber and Diaz paired together for even a shift, that is insane. When your d-men cannot play in their own zone you get penned in and it is all hands on deck. The forwards have to play defense first. Offense becomes dumping it out and line changing. Campoli and Kaberle demonstrated this repeatedly.
Kaberle might have some value on another team with much more experience and defensive acumen at the back, not on ours though. Plus he really doesn't seem to have the attitude (yes conditioning in pro athletes is largely down to attitude) we want for a relatively young roster.
I don't get people trying to promote him as even a good fit for our team. Our pp still sucked, the only times it looked competent at the end of the year was with Markov and PK at the points, while Kaberle was at home with his newborn / upper-body injury (surely a brain cramp?).
Our garbage depth on D is directly connected to our awful offense. Must lose two of Kaberle, Diaz, Weber - pick 'em between the last two (though Diaz' willingness looked a lot better than Weber's cluelessness and nervousness; maybe a new coach can fix that). Get a Grossman / Jackman defensive type who can eat second pairing minutes & who could lead the second pairing with Emelin moving up if Markov goes down again and PK-JG becomes our de-facto first pairing; plus a well-rounded guy for the bottom pairing with St Denis.
Like to see:
Diaz or Weber or St Denis 7th
I am guessing we cannot send either Diaz or Weber down to Hamilton without re-entry waiver?
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